Friday, August 29, 2014

Blog tour: What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson


What I Love About You
Truly, Idaho # 3 
By: Rachel Gibson 
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance 


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

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Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

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Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

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Can be read as a standalone. Returns to Truly, ID and is about the second Junger twin, Blake Junger.



“What are you doing?”
Blake spun around and almost dropped the camera. “Holy fuck!” A little girl in a pink shirt and long blond ponytail stood behind his chair. “Where in the hell did you come from?” He’d lost his touch if a little kid could sneak up on him.
With her thumb she pointed next door. “You said two bad words.”
He scrubbed his face with one hand and lowered the camera by the strap to his chair. She’d scared the shit out of him, and that wasn’t easy to do. “And you’re trespassing.”
She scrunched up her nose. “What’s that mean?”
He’d never been around kids and couldn’t even guess her age. She was about as tall as his navel and had big blue eyes. “Trespass?”
“Yeah.”
“It means you’re in my yard.”
“I know it’s your yard.” She actually rolled those blue eyes at him. “I saw you move in.”




Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blog tour: Dylan's Redemption by Jennifer Ryan


Dylan’s Redemption
The McBrides Book Three
By: Jennifer Ryan
Releasing August 12th, 2014
Avon Romance


There's a new sheriff in Fallbrook … Meet Dylan McBride.

Jessie Thompson had one hell of a week. Dylan McBride, the boy she loved, skipped town without a word. Then her drunk of a father tried to kill her, and she fled Fallbrook, vowing never to return. Eight years later, her father is dead, and Jessie reluctantly goes home—only to come face-to-face with the man who shattered her heart. A man who, for nearly a decade, believed she was dead.

Dylan accepted the position as sheriff of Fallbrook looking for a fresh start and a chance to uncover the truth about Jessie's disappearance. He knew he'd have to face a few ghosts … he just never thought one would be Jessie, all grown up, stunning … and alive. The pull between them is instant, but Dylan's heart has already mourned Jessie, and she has secrets she can never share. Can they escape the darkness of their past for a chance at a bright future together?





JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. 
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper. 
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Hello Jennifer! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. 

It's absolutely my pleasure to be here. Thanks for inviting me.

First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

I love being a writer. It's the job I'd do even if they didn't pay me. In fact, I wrote nearly twenty titles before I sold and have written even more under contract. 
I married my high school sweetheart over twenty years ago. We have three kids, a dog, and a cat who rule the house. I love to garden. I find it's a therapeutic way to get a little exercise and relax. My mind tends to wander and I think of some great stories while I'm pruning the roses. 

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? 

When my youngest son turned five, I decided to go back to school to finish my degree in computer programming. I thought I'd go back to work part-time when he went to school. Then, I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. So, I had my degree and a new baby I wanted to stay home with, so I did. With little kids, I found that I needed an escape, something just for me, and I read all the time. One day, I created my own story in my head and wondered if I could actually write a book. The sense of accomplishment when I finished it stayed with me. If I did it once, maybe I could do it again and get that same happy, excited feeling I had when I finished the first. Many books later, I still get that same sense of accomplishment and joy.

Let’s speak about Dylan’s Redemption. We’ve read the synopsis, now can you tell us a little more about the book?

Dylan is a man living with regrets and doing his best to make amends each and every day. He's a single father to his adopted son, Will, the new sheriff of Fallbrook, and desperate to solve a nearly decade old mystery. What happened to Jessie? The rumors around town lead to only one conclusion - her father killed her in a drunken rage, hid her body, and got away with it.
When Jessie discovers her father is dead, she wants nothing to do with her brother, the funeral, or stirring up the past. She certainly doesn't want to see Dylan. He left her after the prom without so much as a goodbye. They run into each other at her brother's house, and she can't believe he thought she was dead all this time. He knew she was alive - or so she thought. His mother lied. Told her Dylan didn't want anything to do with her. When Jessie needed him the most, he let her down. But that isn't what happened and now it's too late to give him back what he lost - what his mother's lies cost him. He wants her back, but she can't let her heart lead her back into misery when he doesn't know the secret she's been hiding and the pain she's been living with these last years.

I’ll be honest: I’ve just discovered your books (and very happy I did) so I haven’t had the chance to read  book one and two (yet!). This is book number 3 in the McBride Series. I understand all the McBride’s stories have been told (book one and two were about Dylan’s cousins, Brody and Owen). Are you planning to add more books to the series or was it meant to be a trilogy? (I wouldn’t mind reading more about Dylan and Jessie as a family *winks*)

I'm so glad you enjoyed Dylan's book. He's one of my favorites. You might be surprised to know that the original series was just the first two books, brothers, Brody and Owen. I called it The Roth Brothers. My editor asked if I had another book that we could add to the series. I told her about Dylan McBride and Jessie. We added him in as their cousin and renamed the series The McBrides. A much better title. I reworked the original storyline to include Brody and Owen and the continuation of their stories in the book.
I don't have any plans to continue their story. There are no more characters in the books to add, but it might be nice to revisit them later and see what they are up to.

How did you come up with the idea for the series and how did you create the characters? (FYI: I fell in love with Dylan – I wished he was real so I could go look for him and marry him!!)

The series originally started with Brody and Owen. I wanted to write something that showed their family bond. I find it fascinating the way brothers are with each other. There's a competition and camaraderie in everything they do. No matter what, they have each other's back.
As I said above, Dylan was added later, but he definitely fits into this family dynamic.  

In THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE, Brody comes home after serving as an Army Ranger and is suffering from PTSD. Brody is loosely based on my husband who served in the Panama invasion in 1989 and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I've seen firsthand the aftereffects of serving in action and being wounded in action can have on soldiers.
Brody is a bad boy who did some wrong in his past, but learned from his mistakes and is coming home to make amends. He never expected the consequences of his actions would mean he'd come home to two daughters by two different women. The woman he loved so long ago, Rain, is raising his other daughter after Rain bought her from the woman he can't stand and wants to kill for putting Rain and his daughters through hell. (Definitely not based on my husband.) 

FALLING FOR OWEN is one of my favorite books I've ever written. I love Owen. You just can't help falling for him. He's dedicated to his clients and goes out of his way to help them. One of his clients takes his generosity too far and thinks there's more between them than her case against her abusive ex-husband. When his client's husband gets the address wrong and hurts his neighbor, Owen is compelled to make things right and keep her safe for reasons that go far beyond doing the right thing. 
A handsome man burned Claire in the past. Owen's charm and interest seems genuine, but she's not about to give up her heart so easily. When Claire becomes the target of Owen's client and they spend more and more time together, she just can't help falling for him.

If you should describe your book in three words, what would you pick?

Suspenseful. Sexy. Cowboys.

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

I have several favorite authors in my genre. Julie Garwood. Elizabeth Lowell. Sandra Brown. Great writers. 
You might be surprised to know that I love to read historical romance. I love being swept away to another time and place. It's a great break from writing. Some of my favorites are Hannah Howell. Monica McCarty. Stephanie Laurens. Elizabeth Hoyt.

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing? 

With three kids, I mostly spend time with them when I'm not writing. We love to take the boat to the lake and spend the day together as a family. We've been teaching our oldest to wakeboard. He's getting better. I also love to garden and bake. I'm a huge chocolate addict, so it's not unheard of for me to make brownies and cookies in the guise of saying they are for the kids.  

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends?

I have the best husband. He never minds when I sit in the chair next to him while he watches TV and I ignore him and tap away at the keys. He loves that I've found what I love to do and encourages me all the time. The kids call me a bookworm. I'm always reading or writing. It never stops. I also have some great writer friends who support me and help me out when I need a critique or just someone to read and give me feedback on the books. They love getting a sneak peek at whatever I'm writing.

You published through Avon. How did you find the experience and would you recommend it to aspiring authors?

I love working with everyone at Avon. I have had the best experience and often recommend other authors to submit their work. I like that with their Impulse line they publish so many different kinds of books that may not fall exactly in the genre. I wrote a book with the heroine in a coma for half the book - LUCKY LIKE US - and a guy who has two secret babies - THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE. They encourage their authors to push the envelope, try something new, and write the book of their heart.

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

I hope to have a long writing career. It's what I love to do. It never feels like work. I'd love to have more books on the bestseller list. I can't tell you the joy I felt when SAVED BY THE RANCHER became a NY Times bestseller. Most of all, I want to keep telling my stories.

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

I write about family, life, and love, Things that are real, but not always pretty. It's the hard times, the mistakes we make and overcome that make us who we are. It's family and love that see us through the dark times and brings us happiness. I hope you connect with my stories and characters and see yourself in them and their experiences. I hope you feel that sense of falling in love each and every time. Happy reading!


This was such a fantastic story! A real page turner, this book caused me a hangover and left me hoping there will be another book because I just wasn’t ready to let go of Dylan and Jessie (and Will, too!)

Dylan’s Redemption is book 3 in the McBrides series, but it works perfectly as a standalone. I haven’t read the other two books (yet!) but there were no gaps or missing connections, so if you haven’t read book 1 or 2, don’t let this stop you from reading Dylan and Jessie’s story.

This book has the perfect amount of chemistry, angst, tension, love and steam mixed all together to create the ideal romance novel that will keep you glued to the pages and will make you forget you should stop reading to eat, drink, sleep and whatever other activity you’re supposed to be doing.

Take my advice: make sure you have a whole day for yourself, because once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down!

First of all I loved Jessie. Hers is the first POV in the story so it was easy to connect with her before I fell for Dylan. What I didn’t expect was to keep loving Jessie and rooting for her all through the book, because, let’s face it, once we fall for the hero, the heroine usually becomes a sort of nemesis – or is it only me? Jessie is a fantastic heroine – strong and resilient. Not only she’s still standing on her own two feet after the tough hand life dealt her, but she has managed to build a successful career and a brand new life for herself. I couldn’t help but admire her courage and determination. By chapter two she had my full respect and I was in awe.

Then Dylan enters the story and, well, ladies, get ready to swoon! Having written a book about a cowboy, I’ve become pretty fond of heroes with a Stetson hat, and even though Dylan’s not a cowboy, his role as the town sheriff made me like him from the very start. As I got to know him, thanks to the dual POV, and felt the way he was aching because of what he thought had happened to Jessie, I was drawn toward him. Add a cute 3-year-old and my heart totally melted.

I really liked the way the author included several side characters to keep the story entertaining and intricate at the same time, and how she managed to make everything flow smoothly without creating confusion. There weren’t any unnecessary dull parts that made me want to skip ahead – every part, even the ones about the side characters, was vital to the story and even though it’s a long book, the story never dragged.

I liked how the author managed to touch delicate themes like abuse and teenage pregnancy, which so many other authors have written about, in an emotional way that made it feel totally different from other books. 
I loved the chemistry and deep love between Dylan and Jessie, and I liked it that it took them a while to get close again. It was perfect timing because it allows the reader to feel the old attraction build until neither of them can deny it anymore. There is a hot scene once Jessie finally pulls down the walls and let Dylan in again, but it isn’t very graphic. I really appreciated the way the author described this important step in their relationship and how even though it didn’t fade to black or happen behind closed doors, she managed to make it romantic and hot – but not annoying (if you’ve read my reviews, you know graphic sex scenes with lots of very detailed descriptions are my pet peeve). It was the perfect start to their new relationship as adults. 

I’m really happy to have discovered Jennifer’s books and I will definitely read the previous two books in the series. 

If you like second chance romance, this is a must read. 








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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Release event: Tell Me A Secret by Ann Everett

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Genre: New Adult
Release Date: August 26, 2014


Jace Sloan has it all. He's smoking hot, a college football star with a storybook family, and he's never met a woman he couldn't charm. He's also never met one who makes him want to be a better man...until he meets Maggie. Now, this self-proclaimed geek with wild red hair and the greenest eyes he's ever seen has him thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts. Like settling down and being a one-woman man.
Maggie Fielding is anything but Jace's type. For starters, her IQ is bigger than her chest size. But Jace is panty melting hot, and she's having a hard time remembering that he’s bad news. If only she could stop telling him her secrets, because her answers to his questions just might have both of them falling in love for the first time.



Ann’s been married to the same man since dirt. She loves shopping at GoodWill. Hates talking on the telephone and a really sharp pencil makes her happy.
She lives in Texas where she drinks too many Diet Dr. Peppers and bakes way too many sweet thangs!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog tour: Red, White & Screwed by Holly Bush





Political strategist Glenda Nelson is having a meltdown. Her handpicked, very married Congressional candidate was just caught climbing out of the window of the Sleepytown Motel, and her philandering ex-husband seems to have the most to gain from the colossal scandal that follows. As Glenda attempts to salvage the campaign in a hotly contested race, conservative and liberal pundits pounce on the story to further their own agendas.

Glenda’s love life is nonexistent to say the least, that is, until she meets handsome artist Chris Goodrich. Chris’s easy-going, carefree outlook on life couldn’t be more different than the 90-mph crazy train that is Glenda’s, but the more time she spends with him, the more she craves his calming presence, his sexy smile, and his steamy embraces. Is Chris worth taking a chance on?

Between the pressure of full-blown spin control mode, rapidly declining job security, refereeing two teenagers, caring for aging parents, and spending hours on her therapist’s couch trying to get past her ex’s crushing betrayal, Glenda finds love and makes the long trek back to happy.






Holly Bush writes historical romance set on the American Prairie, in Victorian England and recently released her first Contemporary Romance. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Connect with Holly at www.hollybushbooks.com and on Twitter @hollybushbooks and on Facebook at Holly Bush. 


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Hello Holly! Welcome to Roberta’s Dreamworld and thank you for your time. First of all, tell us something about yourself, both as a writer and as a person.

Hello Roberta and thank you for having me. I’ve been writing for quite a few years and have found it to be intensely enjoyable and frustrating all at the same time. Enjoyable when the words are really flowing and my fingers are flying across my keyboard, and just as frustrating when I can’t see my way to the next scene.I’m married and the mother of two daughters, and live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

How/when did you realize you wanted to become a writer? 

I didn’t have an ‘A Ha’ type moment. I had just finished reading a book, this was years and years ago, and one of the minor characters in that book really stuck in my head. I had a legal pad and pen beside my bed because I’d been outlining a work project and I picked up the notebook and started writing down what I saw in my head happening to that secondary character. Then I couldn’t stop!

Let’s speak about “Red, White & Screwed”. We’ve read the synopsis but can you tell us a little more about what the book is about?

At the heart of Glenda’s story is a woman coming to accept herself for what she’s accomplished, as well as the mistakes that she’s made. I think lots of women, myself included, really hang on to our missteps and I think it colors the way we look at everything and lowers our self-confidence. And there is no doubt that confident people are more successful. Pretty soon our lowered self-esteem or just circumstances leadus to an error or misjudgment and, bang, suddenly we feel like we can’t do anything right. This story is about Glenda finding her lost confidence as she makes the long trek back to happy. 

How did you come up with the idea and how did you create the characters?

Readers ask me this question quite a bit and I tell them the same thing every time. I don’t have the foggiest! I see a person in my head doing something and can’t stop myself from wondering who they are and what they’re doing. In Red, White & Screwed, I saw a forty-something woman in a business suit running across a building’s parking lot, shouting back and forth with a man in the doorway of the building. I wondered who she was and why was she running. Who was the man in the doorway? And then I started writing!

If you should describe your books in three words, what would you pick?

Emotional.Genuine.Funny.

Do you have any favorite authors and did they influence your choice of the genre?

I’m a Mary Balogh addict. Mary’s characters just jump off the page, and I can hear their voices, and feel their pain and their joy. Two of her books are in my top ten all-time list. I’m also a fan of Maggie Osborn and Lorraine Heath and they definitely influenced my first three books. I call them Prairie Romances because they aren’t really set in the west but are all set in the mid-west during the mid to late 1800’s, and they are some of my most popular books!

What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing? 

I’m a gardener, flowers and vegetables, and am a bit of a history nut. I finished Doris Kearns Goodwin’s non-fiction “Team of Rivals” not too long ago. It’s about Abraham Lincoln and his rivals for the presidency. It was fabulous! 

As a writer do you get support from your family and friends?

Yes, very much so. My husband and daughters have always been my champions when I get discouraged. I don’t believe I could, or would, write without them. 

What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?

I hope to keep seeing characters in my head who want me to tell their story!

Would you like to say something to the readers to encourage them to read your books?

I know that it can be difficult, or even overwhelming, to find a new writer that suits you, especially with the changes in publishing brought on by self-publishing. I’ve been very fortunate to a have gained a large number of readers who like my books and are willing to share their opinion on a review site or with a friend. I hope you’ll give my books a try and please remember to tell a friend about any new author you find and love. 




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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Release day: Fate's Mistake by Brandace Morrow

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Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 19, 2014


He was the perfect gentleman, and my parents adored him. In time, I learned to adore him too. I married him. He was my forever.
Until the day he hit me.
Five years went by with the speed of a ticking clock, counting down my life one painful second at a time.
Until Danny. Danny saw me. Danny was my hero.
Danny was the one I was supposed to be with.
But now I’m broken, shattered into pieces too jagged to fit back together.
Isn’t that what fate is? Puzzles fit together by an unseen hand to form a life worth living.
So when fate makes a mistake, who fixes it?



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Brandace Morrow is a full time mom of four, and currently stationed overseas with her sexy soldier. Her recent obsessions are Maroon 5, rum and coke, and reading in no particular order. Despite being terribly awkward with social media, she's everywhere. Frequently subjecting the public to pictures of her minion's messes, and everything that is Momdom in the Morrow house.


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With water to my neck, I turn the faucet off and can hear Danny splashing next door. “Are you done with your legs, too?” I ask him teasingly.
“Just finishing up the bikini area. Do you prefer a heart, or something a little more exotic?” he shoots right back, making me giggle.
“What does bottle five say for you?”
“Let’s see.” I hear glass clinking together. “It says . . . place on face for ten minutes. When dry, rinse off, and apply jar six. This is getting kind of ridiculous. I’ve never had to do this shit before,” Danny says.
“We’ll see what we look like when we’re done. My skin feels so smooth.”
“Yeah, mine too. I’m a facial away from losing my man card. Oh wait, that’s jar five. There it went, flying off to some well-deserving guy who’s eating a raw steak and roping a steer down the street. I may have to move to Mexico to get it back. How do you feel about matadors?”
I burst out laughing as I apply the goopy mess in my jar six to my face. “You can restore your card later. I’m sure there will be food to shovel and beer to belch.”
“You don’t get the man card credo. It’s an application process, Kinley. After all of these products, it could be months before I’m worthy again,” he explains.
“That’s terrible. I had no idea all it took was a few little jars.”
“Don’t underestimate the power of a good facial. I’m never living this down . . . I think this is avocado.”
“Are you eating it? Danny!” I yell through my laughter.
“It’s good fats, Kinley. Remember? Anyway, it’s all your fault,” Danny decides.
“How do you figure?”
“Well, I’m only in here to be close to you. This should show you how committed I am,” Danny informs me.
“Thank you for sacrificing your manhood to show me you care. That means a lot,” I joke.
I hear Danny sniff indignantly before he says, “As long as you value my surrender, it’s all worth it.”





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